Titan Books announce the publication next month of Tim Major's new intelligent SF thriller, Snakeskins...
“Charmers and Skins were as similar to one another as anyone could be. More similar than sisters. More similar than twins. It ought to mean something.”
An exciting new speculative fiction thriller from an emerging voice in the genre, Snakeskins is a timely and poignant novel set in an isolated UK that has cut itself off from the wider world following a freak astrological event known as The Fall, which imbued a fraction of the population with a unique new gift that has implications for everyone.
Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead.
Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family may be of central importance to the survival of Charmers, a group of people with the inexplicable power to produce duplicates every seven years and, in the process, rejuvenate. In parallel with reporter Gerry Chafik and government aide Russell Handler, Caitlin must prevent the Great British Prosperity Party from establishing a corrupt new world order.
Offering an allegorical look at the inheritance of power through the exploration of the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society.
Tim Major has authored You Don’t Belong Here, Blighters and Carus & Mitch, the YA novel Machineries of Mercy, the short story collection And the House Lights Dim, and a non-fiction book about the silent crime film, Les Vampires. His shorts have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us and numerous anthologies including Best of British SF 2017. He is co-editor of the British Fantasy Society’s journal, BFS Horizons.
Snakeskins is published on 17th May
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